My choice of machine is the Husqvarna Viking 145c.
Now the Tribute itself is a limited edition. It was made for Husqvarna's 145th anniversary, hence the name. It is basically a Husqvarna Opal 670, with a different design on the outside. Great for me since the colour scheme for the Tribute goes really well with my sewing area, while the Opal would have clashed.
The opening of the box
The machine is packed with both plastic and styrofam, and there's a cardbox package with some of the smaller things.
The cardboard box contained the cords, the button hole maker, tools like a seamripper, screwdriver, brush and so on, underthread spools and an extra package of presser feet (I will come to them)
The sewing machine comes with a hard protective case. It definitely felt heavier than my old machine when I lifted it up to from the box.
There was more styrofoam and the foot pedal inside the hard case.
Here is the machine with everything unpacked.
It has the full instruction booklet, but also a small quick guide to threading the maching. The presser fee included are A,B,C,D,E,J and a mini heirloom kit with a gathering foot, a clear piping foot and a braiding foot. I am really excited about these three presser feet, the gathering and piping feet has been on my wish list for a long time. I think they will be really fun to work with when I make 19th and early 20th century clothes.
I had to try one of the many decorative stitches, and tried to program it to write my name.
Overall I am excited about this machine even if I expect there to be a learning curve to really finetune it.